Object relations theory reflects a perspective of psychoanalysis that emphasizes the significance of the interpersonal experience on the development of mind and character. In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson begins with the work of Melanie Klein, as contrasted with that of S. Freud, and then moves on to examine that of Fairbairn, Balint, Winnicott, and Guntrip. This course provides essential groundwork for more recent developments in theory.
The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits. Introductory level. Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory. A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson. This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $119.
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This object relations theory course presents the foundations of object relations theory. The theory reflects a perspective of psychoanalysis that emphasizes the significance of the interpersonal experience on the development of mind and character. This perspective examines the critical significance of human relationships for normal development, the processes whereby the mind is formed from those relationships, the intricacy of specialized ego functions, and the evolution of the person as a unique and adaptive being. Object relations theory serves to move psychoanalysis beyond economic, structural, and genetic considerations, and toward an appreciation for systemic interactions between persons, and the symbolizing of those interactions within the person.
This introductory course begins with the work of Melanie Klein and contrasts her views with those of Sigmund Freud. Then, it discusses the views of W. R. D. Fairbairn, Michael Balint, D. W. Winnicott, and Harry Guntrip, and their conceptualizations of intrapsychic development.
The Instructor is Dr. Michael J. Gerson, an experienced Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in California. He has been training clinicians for over 30 years, both in his private practice, in community counseling centers, and as a professor of Psychology in graduate programs. He is a professor emeritus of the Graduate School of Psychology at California Lutheran University and is renowned for his depth of understanding of the therapeutic process and for his keen ability to translate complex concepts into terms that are clear and that can be applied to the clinician’s own work.
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The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio file, for optional review in multiple modalities. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits. Introductory level. A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson. This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $119.